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The Monuments Men

Rated PG-13 118 minutes 2014

The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, established by the Allies during World War II to protect European and Asian cultural treasures from destruction, deserves a better movie dramatization than this fumbling prestige project from writers George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck). Clooney stars as an art-conservator-turned-army-captain who leads a team of fellow eggheads into Germany to chase down and secure such stolen masterpieces as the Ghent Altarpiece and Michelangelo's Madonna of Bruges. Their mission is treated with a stifling piety, interrupted only by battlefield cliches and labored comedy from the assembled rat pack (Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and, doing an arthritic Mutt-and-Jeff routine, Bill Murray and Bob Balaban). As a vision of postwar Germany, this has the tidy Hollywood feel of Steven Soderbergh's The Good German (2006), with Clooney and Cate Blanchett; the latter appears here as a French curator, grimacing through some sketchy romantic scenes with Damon.

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Official Site: www.monumentsmenmovie.com

Director: George Clooney

Producer: Grant Heslov, George Clooney and Barbara Hall

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Dimitri Leonidas, Cate Blanchett, Justus von Dohnányi, Holger Handtke, Michael Hofland, Zachary Baharov, Michael Brandner, Sam Hazeldine, Miles Jupp, Alexandre Desplat, Diarmaid Murtagh and Serge Hazanavicius

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